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September 6, 2006

Author Amy Tan coming to Elliott Hall in October

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Amy Tan, international best-selling author of books such as "The Joy Luck Club," "The Bonesetter's Daughter" and "Saving Fish from Drowning," will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music.

The lecture, the third in the Purdue University Libraries' Distinguished Lecture Series, is open to the public. Tan will sign books immediately after the lecture.

Free tickets, which are required for admission, will be available for pickup from Oct. 3-19 at the Potter Engineering, Hicks Undergraduate, and Humanities, Social Science and Education libraries. Tickets also will be available at the West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County Public libraries, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation and Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Lafayette.

"Our goal is to emphasize the link between Purdue Libraries and creative and intellectual endeavors by featuring speakers who have published outstanding works or who have been recognized for their professional achievements," said James L. Mullins, dean of libraries. "We are pleased to be able to offer an enriching intellectual experience through such an accomplished author as Amy Tan."

Tan's "The Joy Luck Club," which explores the relationship between Chinese mothers and Chinese-American daughters, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times hardcover bestseller has been translated into 36 languages and made into a motion picture.

Tan's lecture appearance is supported by major funding to Purdue Libraries from the estate of Anna M. Akeley and additional support from Women of Purdue, Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics, and the Office of the Provost. Previous speakers in the series include NASA historian and Neil Armstrong biographer James R. Hansen and Patricia Albjerg Graham, a Purdue graduate who is now a Harvard professor of the history of education.

Writer: Jim Schenke, (765) 494-6262, jschenke@purdue.edu

Sources: James Mullins, (765) 494-2900, jmullins@purdue.edu

Rachel Schurz, Purdue Libraries marketing associate, (765) 496-3294, rschurz@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

 

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